We consider a bird-feeding station a "must-have" for every homestead. It is simply backyard entertainment at its finest. At our location here in North Florida, we enjoy a colorful and fascinating bird show year-round.
Although you can hang your bird feeders from a tree limb, this makes birds more vulnerable to sneak attacks by predators; house cats can catch them and snakes feed on bird eggs.
Read on for our recommendations for the best bird feeders on the market.
Why not get creative and build a free-standing bird-feeding station like we did?
We took a pressure-treated 4X4, predrilled 2 holes in the top of the post and sunk it 3 feet into the ground. We then pushed two aluminum pipes (like shower curtain rods) into the holes, to suspend the feeders from... and voila!
We live in a heavily wooded forest and are plagued with common tree squirrels. And boy, do they love to snack on wild bird seed! We tried three other bird feeders, which our clever squirrels successfully raided at will.
We almost gave up on the project until we came across the Brome Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder. Suddenly, our problem was solved.
These really are squirrel proof, the manufacturer actually guarantees it. We have personally seen many squirrels foiled in their attempts to raid these feeders. That was quite a show all by itself!
How does it work?
The six feeder ports around the bottom of the device stand open so the wild birds can land on the perch ring and feed freely.
However, when a heavier critter, such as a squirrel, rat or large nuisance bird like a crow lands on the perch ring, the added weight drops a shroud down, closing all six ports. The unwanted visitors are denied feed; but they are not harmed in any way.
See the patented Squirrel Buster process in action here:
As much as we enjoy the wild bird show at our station, we treasure even more watching the tiny, enchanting hummingbirds which often visit.
Hang a Hummingbird feeder; keep it clean and filled with fresh nectar, and let the show begin...
There are literally hundreds of Hummingbird feeders on the market, and we are not adamant about recommending one brand over the other. We do, however, stress the following points:
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We spray painted the outside of the dome with cheap flat red spray paint, also to help attract hummingbirds.
See our Hummingbird feeder combo in action, with a cool green visitor, in the video below.
This video shows birds feeding at our Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeders; as well as some fascinating hummers: